Friday, May 07, 2004

So, perhaps you're looking for a good way to lose weight. I've got just the thing for you! This article in the Guardian is sure to make you vomit.

Problem #1
Our troops are more interested in yanking people off the street to create the impression of success than actual success--

"A unit goes out on a raid and they have a target and the target is not available; they just grab anybody because that was their job," Mr Nelson said, referring to counter-insurgency operations in Iraq. "The troops are under a lot of stress and they don't know one guy from the next. They're not cultural experts. All they want is to count down the days and hopefully go home.

"I've read reports from capturing units where the capturing unit wrote, 'the target was not at home. The neighbour came out to see what was going on and we grabbed him'," he said.

Recall, if you will, the SNAFU caused by the emphasis on "body count" in Vietnam.

Problem #2
The interrogators are completely untrained cooks and truck drivers, who refuse to believe that innocent people could end up in a modern-day Bedlam like Abu Ghraib.

According to Mr Nelson's account, the victims' very innocence made them more likely to be abused, because the interrogators refused to believe they could have been picked up on such arbitrary grounds. Interrogators "weren't interested in going through the less glamorous work of sifting through the chaff to get to the kernels of truth from the willing detainees; they were interested in 'breaking' tough targets", he said.

(Curious -- the online Guardian article seems to have changed since it was posted.)

Recall, if you will, that the position of the Solicitor General's office is that the Bush administration's practice of abducting people and holding them incommunicado without charge or trial is completely constitutional. And why? Because the "detainee" (or "prisoner" on planet Earth) can explain his innocence to his interrogators.

Problem #3
Joe the untrained truck driver, who came to Iraq because the ad said "minimal supervision" and top pay, is faced with a completely innocent man who was abducted off the street. His protestations of innocence look like bullsh*t to the interrogator.

Problem #4
Joe is a perv, so he puts the innocent man on a box, clips electrodes to his hands and genitals, puts a hood on his head, and starts taking pictures. Then he shoves a chemical light up the prisoner's ass and has a buddy take pictures for souvenirs.

Bush says this is not the "America he knows."

But this is the America he created.

 9:05 AM

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